Tuesday Night Clash - Liverpool v Chelsea
Football can be cruel but its primary saving grace is that there’s always one more game around the corner, another big match on the horizon, another game in which to right some wrongs. Heal some wounds.
At least that’s how Liverpool will see their Tuesday night clash with Chelsea. It is a curious quirk of the fixture list that so soon after a 2-1 FA Cup final loss to Chelsea, Liverpool should welcome their recent conquerors to Anfield.
Chelsea dominated that final for 60 minutes. Goals from Ramires and Drogba meant the cup looked signed,sealed and delivered.
But the late introduction of £35 million man Andy Carroll gave Liverpool fresh impetus in the last third of the match. He scored the goal that made for a thrilling conclusion to the encounter and many thought he scored a second, that would have taken the match to extra time, but replays seemed to reveal his header - 8 minutes from time -did not fully cross the line.
Though Liverpool fans may debate that.
Whatever the view it was yet another example of an incident that would have been easily cleared up by goalline technology, instead of taking up hours of inconclusive post match debate.
Whether or not Liverpool feel aggrieved they have a quick opportunity to get some small measure of revenge, at home in the league. A win would not make up for the loss of silverware but it would certainly make Liverpool fans feel better.
In a season that must be deemed a failure after the FA Cup final loss; making fans feel better is not an unimportant goal to aim for.
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